Trip Start Sep 18, 2010
26Trip End Oct 14, 2010
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Chad & Jessica's house
After brekky Jess wanted to show Katrina and the girls some shops in Solana Beach while I headed off to the outlet mall for some final shopping. My youngest sis Shari is getting hitched Nov 6 and I need a new suit and I spied some good ones at Calvin Klein last time we were there. I was in there for about 45 minutes and walked out with a new suit, 3 dress shirts, a tie and 2 pairs of jeans for $362
Chad was home when we arrived and there had been some chat about going for a surf but we thought it might have been too much of a squeeze and decided to give it a miss. We hopped on the bikes to go for a look anyway and of course it was good, would have been better not to go and look. Still, hauling a waterlogged steamer all the way back home didn't really appeal so probably a wise decision in the end. Around 5 we headed across the road to the Benihana Japanese restaurant for a final meal before we headed off. The girls had never been to a teppanyaki restaurant before so they were enthralled by the chef's handywork over the grill. It was also a good chance for a final debrief with Chad and Jess and to make some plans to meet up down the track. Sounds like Hawaii is the obvious choice because they go there every year & it is almost the halfway point between our respective countries
We packed the car and said our goodbyes and most importantly thanked Chad & Jess for their kindness and hospitality during our visit. It really made our trip. Hopefully we'll get to repay them one day soon...the girls really fell in love with Jess and the boys and there were a few tears shed in the car. I think they're gonna miss 'em...
The trip to the airport presented a few challenges. Traffic slowed to a crawl 10 minutes down the highway and just as I was starting to get a bit anxious we realised it was a blanket border patrol check across all 6 lanes and once we passed through the check point we were back to full throttle. Then we realised we didn't have the address for the rental car company so we just keyed in the 'Home' address and hoped for the best. However after a while the instructions didn't seem to make sense and I started second guessing them and took us off course and wasted about 10 minutes. Turns out the Nav was right all along! Then we dropped the car off we got on the shuttle to the airport with all our bags for the short 10 minute trip to the Qantas terminal. When we arrived at the terminal the driver helped us unload the bags and we happily waved him off before realising we were a suitcase short!